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  • More than 20 arrested in human-trafficking sweep (Somalis gangs in Minneapolis)

    11/08/2010 7:55:35 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 15 replies
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 11/08/10 | James Walsh & Allie Shah - Staff Reporters
    Federal and local investigators swept through the Twin Cities area Monday and arrested more than 20 suspects in an extensive human trafficking investigation involving Somali gangs, sources confirmed. The arrests appear to be focused in Minneapolis, Richfield, Brooklyn Park, St. Paul and several southern suburbs in an operation led by the U.S. attorney's office in Nashville, Tenn. An indictment against 29 suspects was unsealed Monday morning, alleging that members of Somali gangs based in the Twin Cities victimized at least four women -- three of whom were younger than 15 at the time -- by turning them into prostitutes. By...
  • Obama to GOP:'They can come for the ride,but they gotta sit in back.'(From the Great Unifier?)

    10/26/2010 11:13:15 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 16 replies
    american thinker ^ | 10/26/10 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Democrats are about to be trounced in the midterm elections, and if the pundits are correct the emergency brakes are about to be slammed on Obama’s out of control liberal agenda. In response to the predictions of a Republican tidal wave coupled together with lack of enthusiasm for the Democrat party and Barack’s policies, the President is stumping for Democrat candidates as if his life depended on it. The Democrat Party is certainly giving it their all. Stumper/early voter Michelle Obama is showing up all over America. Nuclear-code-loser Bill Clinton has found his way to “95 campaign stops for 65...
  • Plans to close Gitmo anger 9/11 victims' families

    01/20/2009 2:48:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 245 replies · 6,546+ views
    AP via WTOP.com News ^ | January 20, 2009 - 3:32am | By BEN FOX,
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Plans to close Guantanamo are not sitting well with the Sept. 11 victims' relatives who sat stunned while two alleged terrorists declared they were proud of their role in the plot.
  • FBI raids six in Minneapolis as part of terrorism investigation

    09/24/2010 11:39:35 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-24-10 | Mara H. Gottfried and David Hanners
    The FBI raided the homes of six political activists in Minneapolis this morning in connection to a terrorism investigation. The warrants were "seeking evidence related to an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism," said FBI Special Agent Steve Warfield, spokesman in the Minneapolis office. "There is no imminent threat to the community and we're not planning any arrests at this time." One of the warrants was executed at the home of Mick Kelly, an anti-war organizer, according to his attorney Ted Dooley. "I have no idea what all this is about," Dooley...
  • St. Louis Park Woman Suffers Battery Acid Attack (This one is no hoax)

    09/19/2010 2:12:54 AM PDT · by Main Street · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Myfoxtwincities ^ | 17 Sep 2010 | FOX 9 News
    <p>St. Louis Park, Minn. - Police say a man is in custody after he threw battery acid in a woman’s face in St. Louis Park.</p> <p>Prosecutors have charged 28-year-old Jarso Adem with second degree assault. Police say Adem confronted a woman he had been seeing on a sidewalk along Louisiana Ave.</p>
  • FBI Meets 3 Men After Flight Lands at Mpls. - St. Paul Airport [Delta Flight 259 from Amsterdam]

    09/13/2010 5:52:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 32 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | Updated: 09/13/2010 5:36 PM | by Scott Theisen
    SNIPPPET: "Three men who were on-board Delta flight 259 from Amsterdam were met by FBI agents Monday afternoon at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the FBI confirms. The FBI and other agencies responded to reports of suspicious activity." SNIPPET: "After interviewing the flight crew and passengers, the FBI did not find any indications of terrorism or criminal activity."
  • Charges revealed in international 'honey laundering' conspiracy

    09/01/2010 5:32:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 2+ views
    NewsCore ^ | 9/1/10 | staff
    The Federal Government announced charges today against a ring of foreign corporations and executives who conspired to bring antibiotic-laden Chinese honey illegally into the US, in an attempt to avoid paying millions in fees. A federal grand jury in Chicago indicted top executives of German food conglomerate Alfred L Wolff GmbH, and several of its affiliated companies for allegedly importing more than $US40 million in Chinese honey, but saying it originated elsewhere in order to avoid paying duties of nearly $US80 million that were levied on Chinese honey.
  • Ex-Army analyst from Okla. arrested at Minn. airport trying to board one-way flight to China

    08/27/2010 3:17:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/27/2010
    A former U.S. Army analyst whose security clearance was recently revoked has been arrested in Minneapolis while trying to board a one-way flight to China. The U.S. Attorney's office says 26-year-old Liangtian Yang, also known as Alfred Yang, of Lawton, Okla., allegedly had multiple data storage devices when he was arrested Thursday. One allegedly contained a restricted Army field manual.
  • 14 Indicted for Supporting al Shabaab

    08/05/2010 3:06:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies · 2+ views
    FBI.gov ^ | n/a
    Note: Photo and Graphic Included. NOTE The following text is a quote: FIGHTING TERROR 14 Indicted for Supporting al Shabaab 08/05/10 Two Americans are under arrest and 12 other U.S. citizens have been charged with acts of terrorism that include providing money, personnel, and other material support to the Somali-based terrorist organization al Shabaab. Results of an FBI-led global investigation were announced today at Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, where indictments were unsealed charging individuals in Minnesota, Alabama, and California. Twelve of the 14 under indictment are fugitives believed to be in Somalia. About al Shabaab On Feb. 29,...
  • 14 U.S. citizens charged with trying to join Somali terror group

    08/05/2010 8:59:01 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 59 replies · 1+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | Aug 5, 2010 | NBC News and news services
    WASHINGTON — Fourteen U.S. citizens have been charged with attempting to join al-Shabab, a Somali-based terrorist group linked to al-Qaida, law enforcement officials told NBC News. The charges were due to be formally announced at a news conference at noon ET at the Justice Department, NBC reported. The 14 people include 12 from Minnesota, one from Alabama and one from California, the officials said. Al-Shabab is Somalia's most-feared militant group. The group recently claimed responsibility for bombing two sites in Uganda where people were watching a soccer World Cup game on television, killing 76 people. Al-Shabab said the blasts were...
  • Minneapolis to study Chicago outreach model to cut gun crime

    07/27/2010 7:52:46 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/27/10 | MATT McKINNEY
    At a series of meetings over the next two days, Minneapolis officials and community leaders expect to get a crash course in a Chicago program that bills itself as an innovative way to reduce shootings. Known as "Ceasefire," the program hires civilians to go into tough neighborhoods and meet face-to-face with young people considered to be the most likely victims or perpetrators of gun violence. "We really only have one goal," said Amanda Geppert, who works for Ceasefire in Chicago. "Our primary goal is to stop shootings and killings."
  • New push to get guns off Minneapolis streets

    07/22/2010 8:57:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies · 1+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/22/10 | Abby Simons
    Standing before "Phoenix Rising," a statue made from hundreds of melted-down guns, law-enforcement leaders set out an initiative to battle the violence that has taken 29 lives in Minneapolis this year -- far eclipsing the total for all of 2009. The plan: to prosecute more cases of illegal gun possession in federal court, where sentences often are longer and often without parole. The message: Commit a serious or repeat gun crime in Minneapolis, and you will face serious prison time. Thursday's news conference was more than just a policy discussion. As officials laid out Project Minneapolis Exile, mothers of slain...
  • Presbyterian leaders approve gay clergy policy

    07/08/2010 7:33:11 PM PDT · by lightman · 43 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 8 July AD 2010 | Patrick Condon
    Presbyterian leaders approve gay clergy policy The change needs approval from a majority of the church's regional presbyteries to take effect. By PATRICK CONDON Associated Press Updated: 07/08/2010 06:31:58 PM EDT MINNEAPOLIS -- Leaders of the Presbyterian church have voted to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy. Thursday's vote isn't a final stamp of approval for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or its more than 2 million members. But it's a step that could make the church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the country. Delegates voted during the church's general assembly in Minneapolis,...
  • Presbyterians to address hot debate topics at assembly

    07/03/2010 9:24:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 54 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | 7/3/10 | JEFF STRICKLER, Star Tribune
    Smiles and congenial chit-chat abounded as the first of an expected 2,800 people started checking in at the Minneapolis Convention Center Friday for the Presbyterian Church USA's general assembly. But how long the pleasantries will last is in question as the denomination hunkers down to spend the next eight days hashing over several highly contentious issues, including same-gender marriage, the ordination of gay clergy and a committee report on the Middle East that many interpret as being anti-Israeli. Almost lost among the hot-button issues is a matter that likely would have dominated any other general assembly: a proposal to completely...
  • 35W bridge lawsuit: Engineering company predicted bridge collapse

    06/28/2010 4:31:13 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 3 replies
    KARE11.COM ^ | 28 JUNE 2010 | KARE11.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Explosive documents about the Interstate 35W bridge suggest the engineering company the state hired to make sure the bridge was safe actually predicted it would collapse months before it fell apart. The documents are part of a lawsuit victims are bringing against California based URS Corporation. They accuse the firm of predicting a catastrophic event, but allegedly not telling anyone about it. The thought has been tough to swallow for the victims of that day in August 2007, when 13 people lost their lives and well over 100 were injured. "I remember until probably about 5:15 that day,"...
  • Tokyo airport confirms security incident on flight to US

    05/19/2010 3:56:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies · 1,070+ views
    MY SINCHEW.com (AFP) ^ | 2010-05-19 12:46 | n/a
    TOKYO, May 19 (AFP) - SNIPPET: "The pilot of the Boeing 747-400 with 407 passengers and crew bound for Minneapolis turned around late Monday about three hours into the flight from Tokyo's Narita airport after crew found the two men who refused to leave the cabin bathroom. Reports said the pair, who identified themselves as Chinese citizens aged in their 20s, had boarded the flight during an earlier stop in Shanghai. Japanese immigration officials were questioning the men, who said they did not have passports."
  • Cancel Arizona travel, Minneapolis mayor urges

    04/30/2010 5:34:23 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 45 replies · 554+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/30/10 | Steve Brandt
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has urged department heads and other city officials to cancel any pending official travel plans to Arizona in the wake of new immigration legislation in that state. Rybak urged city officials to find alternate ways of accomplishing the same business ends without traveling to the state. Arizona law makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally and authorizes police officers to ask people for proof of citizenship and hand illegal immigrants over to federal enforcers. “This is a terrible law, and I do not want any public dollars to be spent there,” Rybak...
  • Incident: Delta Airlines MD88 near Atlanta on Apr 9th 2010, threat on board

    04/10/2010 1:41:02 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 810+ views
    AVIATION HERALD.com ^ | updated Saturday, Apr 10th 2010 07:50 | By Simon Hradecky
    SNIPPET: "According to police a customer feedback card was found in a seat pocket saying "This plane will go down." The airplane was searched but nothing was found. The passengers who found the note were interviewed by the Transportation Security Agency."
  • Blog boast: 'Great escape' at Mpls. City Hall (More DFL shenanigans at City Hall)

    03/10/2010 7:19:55 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 3 replies · 269+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 3/10/10 | Matt McKinney - Staff Reporter
    After learning last week that a sheriff's deputy was about to serve him a lawsuit in Minneapolis City Hall, a North Side activist slipped out through a back office -- accompanied by an aide to Mayor R.T. Rybak. The "great escape," as blogger John Hoff refers to the episode in the City Council chambers, was inadvertently broadcast on the city's cable network during its coverage of Police Chief Tim Dolan's reappointment hearings. Though he admits running down three flights of stairs to avoid being served, Hoff and mayoral aide Sherman Patterson both told a Star Tribune reporter this week they...
  • Suspect in Minneapolis terrorism case fights extradition from Netherlands

    02/22/2010 9:23:13 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 3 replies · 184+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/22/10 | AP
    A Somali man is fighting extradition to the United States where authorities suspect him of supporting terrorism in his homeland from a base in Minneapolis. Mohamud Said Omar, 44, has appeared in an open session of a Dutch court for the first time since his arrest at an asylum-seeker's center here last fall. Lawyer Bart Stapert argues that Omar is innocent and the crimes he is accused of would not be punishable under Dutch law.
  • Minneapolis Plays Politics With Core Services

    02/18/2010 4:53:37 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 5 replies · 265+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | February 18, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Employees of the City of Minneapolis were advised Tuesday of the “extremely damaging” effect Governor Tim Pawlenty’s proposal to solve a $1.2-billion budget deficit could have on “core services.” Pawlenty’s plan would “take another $29 million out of Minneapolis’ 2010 budget,” an e-mail from Mayor R.T. Rybak and City Council President Barbara Johnson stated. On top of $21 million in previous aid cuts, the governor’s proposal would “represent a 56% cut in the Local Government Aid that Minneapolis was supposed to receive from the State in 2010.” The text of the e-mail seems intent to incite the passions of city...
  • 2 teens indicted in Seward triple murder

    02/07/2010 2:50:26 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies · 676+ views
    KSTP TV Minneapolis ^ | 02-07-2010 | Becky Nahm
    A Hennepin County grand jury indicted two 17-year-olds on first-degree murder charges for killing three men inside a Minneapolis corner market. Mahdi Hassan Ali and Ahmed Shire Ali were previously charged in the case, but prosecutors need a grand jury indictment to try a defendant on first-degree murder charges.
  • Alert - Female suicide bombers may be heading here from Yemen

    01/22/2010 9:21:19 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 19 replies · 1,824+ views
    ABCnews.go.com ^ | January 22, 2010 | Richard Esposito, Rhonda Schwarts and Brian Ross
    Snips: At least six people on the no-fly list were denied boarding in a 48-hour period between Saturday and Monday this week, according to the officials. Two of the six were stopped at London's Heathrow Airport.M. On Saturday, an Egyptian man on the no-fly list was stopped from flying on American Airlines flight 113 from London to Miami. The next day, Sunday, a Saudi Arabian passenger was stopped from boarding United Airlines flight 929 to Chicago. Officials said the man was sent back to Saudi Arabia by the British. In two other overseas cases involving people on the no-fly list,...
  • Two (Somali) teens charged with murder in Seward (Somali) killings (MN)

    01/14/2010 6:33:02 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies · 1,041+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/14/10 | MATT MCKINNEY, RICHARD MERYHEW and ROCHELLE OLSON
    A pair of 17-year-old Somalis from Minneapolis were charged this afternoon with first-degree murder in the killings of three people last week at a south Minneapolis market in what Hennepin County's top prosecutor called "a robbery gone bad." Ahmed Shire Ali and Mahdi Hassan Ali were accused in a criminal complaint of killing two store employees and a customer who walked in just as the robbery got underway. He was immediately shot. "It's a tragic, senseless shooting," said County Attorney Mike Freeman, in announcing three counts of first-degree murder against each defendant. "It's a robbery gone bad." The two suspects...
  • Community Relieved About Arrests In Triple Murder (MPLS)

    01/11/2010 5:03:26 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies · 659+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/10/10 | WCCO Staff
    Police have arrested a second teen in the triple homicide at a South Minneapolis market, according to Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Tim Dolan. The chief and mayor held a news conference on Sunday afternoon to discuss the triple homicide that happened at the Seward Market and announce the second arrest. They said the second teen arrested, a 17-year-old, turned himself in. They are releasing few details about the two teens arrested and said they will not release any identifying information about them until charges have been filed. SNIP.... Omar Jamal, an advocate for the Somali community in Minnesota,...
  • Minneapolis cop arrested for alleged robberies

    01/07/2010 9:22:25 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies · 586+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 1/7/10 | BOB VON STERNBERG
    A Minneapolis police officer has been arrested in connection with a series of robberies in Apple Valley. Timothy Edward Carson, 28, was booked into the Dakota County Jail early Thursday morning on probable cause of first-degree aggravated robbery. Carson is assigned to the 3rd Precinct, and is a member of the SWAT team. "This is probably the most shocking thing I've seen in my 30 years, as far as what a police officer could have done," Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said in an interview on radio station WCCO. "This tops it all." Police said they have linked him to...
  • Senator JERK: Franken in Senate Does Not "Play Nicely" With Others

    12/23/2009 11:37:09 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 28 replies · 1,410+ views
    The Hill/The Lid ^ | 12/23/09 | The Lid
    Much has been said about last weeks exchange between Senators Al Franken and Joe Lieberman. Franken's refusal to give Lieberman a few moments to finish his thought was a breach of Senate etiquette, where being polite on the chamber's floor is more important than party differences. Throughout his Senate Campaign, Franken was portrayed as a bit of a jerk, short tempered, scathing tongue and someone who went around looking for an argument. After some good behavior during his first few months, Franken is proving that his reputation of being a real a**hole is entirely accurate.
  • Mumbai in America? (Terrorists Training In U.S. Islamberg N.Y.)

    12/02/2008 10:33:30 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 814+ views
    RightSideNews ^ | 12/1/08
    Right Side News reads from Douglas Hagmann's website about Mumbai and Minneapolis. The only difference between the two is the passage of TIME. Mumbai is headed here and sooner or later, we will be hit hard and fast by Islamic terrorists. What are we doing now to stop them? When will our government wake up and call these terrorists by name and stop banning the terms from their own dictionary? Policital correctness has the potential of killing hundreds and perhaps thousands of innocent Americans. The Third Jihad and other films all warn of the inevitable attacks in the US, such...
  • Muslim Brotherhood-linked group putting up Islamic supremacist billboards in Minneapolis

    12/16/2009 10:56:20 AM PST · by FromLori · 28 replies · 1,761+ views
    Soda Head ^ | 12/16/09
    The Islamic Circle of North America has been named in "a list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends" by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is bent on waging "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions." They say they want to encourage dialogue via these billboards. Great. I'll start. The billboard says that Islam is "the way of life of Adam, Noah, Abraham,...
  • Muslim Brotherhood-linked group putting up Islamic supremacist billboards in Minneapolis

    12/16/2009 12:44:50 AM PST · by rdb3 · 21 replies · 1,068+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 15 DECEMBER 2009 | Robert
    Muslim Brotherhood-linked group putting up Islamic supremacist billboards in Minneapolis The Islamic Circle of North America has been named in "a list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends" by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is bent on waging "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions." They say they want to encourage dialogue via these billboards. Great. I'll start. The billboard says that...
  • New Cases Test Optimism on Extremism by U.S. Muslims

    12/12/2009 5:09:16 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 718+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 11, 2009 | Scott Shane
    ... The detention of the Virginia men — ranging in age from late teens to mid-20s — [who went to Pakistan for jihad] would have prompted soul-searching no matter when it occurred. But it comes after a series of disturbing cases that already had terror experts speculating about a trend. There were the November shootings that took 13 lives at Fort Hood, with murder charges pending against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an American-born Muslim and an Army psychiatrist. There was the arrest of Najibullah Zazi, born in Afghanistan but the seeming model of the striving immigrant as a popular coffee...
  • Pirate ransoms drive prices up in Somalia

    12/07/2009 5:37:32 PM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 547+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | December 6, 2009 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN
    A parcel of land here that sold for $12,000 two years ago now costs more than $20,000. The price of a nice pair of men's shoes has gone up from $20 to $50. The reason: pirates. The influx of millions of dollars in ransoms has changed life in this coastal Muslim community, driving prices up and creating a schism between the pirate haves and have-nots. As piracy ramps up again with the end of the monsoon season, the lifestyle of the pirates _ big houses, fast cars and easy drugs _ is decried by both religious leaders and ordinary villagers....
  • Don't Plan To Go 'Rogue' At Palin's Book Signing

    12/07/2009 7:16:24 AM PST · by euram · 15 replies · 1,328+ views
    http://wcco.com/local/palin.going.rogue.2.1353655.html | 12-06-09 | WCCO
    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) ― Sarah Palin is bringing her book tour for "Going Rogue" to Minnesota. The former Vice Presidential Candidate and former Alaska Governor will sign copies of her new book at the Mall of America. Palin burst onto the national political stage last year after giving a speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Now Palin brings hundreds of her admirers out to get a glimpse of this maverick of a politician. The excitement surrounding her book tour hits the Twin Cities on Monday. "She seems more real world ... not an average politician," said Jason...
  • Fifteen Minnesota churches leaving ELCA over gay pastor vote

    12/01/2009 2:59:49 AM PST · by rhema · 12 replies · 619+ views
    Minnesota Independent ^ | November 28, 2009 | Andy Birkey
    More than a dozen Lutheran congregations in Minnesota have vowed to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) after a vote in Minneapolis this summer to allow gay and lesbian pastors in committed relationships to serve as clergy. The fifteen churches will join a new denomination called Lutheran CORE and leave the ELCA, the largest Lutheran denomination in the world. The leaders of Lutheran CORE say the ELCA has moved too far away from the Bible. "Many ELCA members and congregations have said that they want to sever ties with the ELCA because of the ELCA's continued movement away...
  • Somali training camps fuel threat of attacks on US

    11/29/2009 7:39:32 AM PST · by Saije · 18 replies · 1,019+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 11/29/2009 | MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN
    The recruits gather in scorching desert hideouts in Somalia, use portraits of President Barack Obama for target practice, learn how to make and detonate bombs, and vow allegiance to Osama bin Laden. Training camps in the lawless nation of Somalia are attracting hundreds of foreigners, including Americans, and Somalis recruited by a local insurgent group linked to al-Qaida, according to local and U.S. officials. American officials and private analysts say the camps pose a security threat far beyond the borders of Somalia, including to the U.S. homeland. In interviews with The Associated Press, former trainees gave rare details on the...
  • Central Lutheran finishes restoration of tornado-damaged steeple

    11/27/2009 1:08:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies · 539+ views
    Finance and Commerce (MN) ^ | 11/27/9 | Brian Johnson
    Reminders of last summer’s tornado are still evident at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. A red scaffolding setup stands next to one of the limestone walls of the historic, 82-year-old church at 333 S. 12th St. At the peak of the roof, still more scaffolding — complete with a Les Jones Roofing banner — surrounds the tornado-damaged steeple. A 176-foot crane towers over the house of worship, which stood in the path of the Aug. 19 twister as it swept through south Minneapolis. The tornado inflicted $300,000 worth of damage to the church, but repairs are going well and...
  • Parents say Minneapolis cop seized kids (Out Of Control Cop?)

    11/25/2009 6:39:46 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 22 replies · 1,040+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 11/25/09 | David Chanen - Staff Reporter
    The 13-year-old son of John and Tara Farrell and a 12-year-old friend were walking in Brooklyn Park one August night when a Cadillac Escalade sped up and the driver ordered them inside. The man drove to his nearby house, sat the frightened boys on a curb and slapped handcuffs on them. Only then did they learn that they had been placed under citizen's arrest by off-duty Minneapolis police officer Tony Adams, whose doorbell had been rung earlier by someone who fled and who had heard from neighbors that teens might be breaking into vehicles in the area. The Farrells, who...
  • Mpls. Cabbie Injured in Crash, Passenger Arrested

    11/24/2009 8:02:38 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 1,319+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 11/24/09 | Becky Nahm
    Police in Wisconsin are trying to determine why a Minneapolis cab driver jumped from his cab before it crashed, and why his passenger ran from the scene. Baldwin police say a Blue and White cab crashed into a light pole and then hit a parked car in the Greenfield Elementary School parking lot around 6:40 p.m. Sunday. Responding officers found the driver, Abdi Mohamed Askar, 38, lying on the sidewalk. People who witnessed the crash followed the passenger when he ran away. Police caught up with him two blocks away and arrested him for leaving the scene of an accident....
  • Eight charged in U.S. for Somali war recruiting

    11/23/2009 3:14:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 23, 2009 | Todd Melby
    MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Authorities unsealed terrorism-related charges Monday against eight defendants they said recruited young Somali-American men to return to their homeland to fight for an Islamist militant group. The charges said men were recruited in Minneapolis mosques to fight for al-Shabaab, which the United States accuses of being al Qaeda's proxy in the Horn of Africa nation. In all, authorities have charged 14 people with recruiting, training or financing travel for young Somali immigrants in Minneapolis, which is home to some 50,000 Somalis. About 20 young men, all but one of Somali descent, have left the Minneapolis area since...
  • Terror Charges Unsealed in Minnesota Against Eight Defendants, Justice Department Announces

    11/23/2009 2:17:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 23 replies · 996+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Terror Charges Unsealed in Minnesota Against Eight Defendants, Justice Department Announces The Justice Department announced that terrorism charges have been unsealed today in the District of Minnesota against eight defendants. According to the charging documents, the offenses include providing financial support to those who traveled to Somalia to fight on behalf of al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization; attending terrorist training camps operated by al-Shabaab; and fighting on behalf of al-Shabaab. Thus far, 14 defendants have been charged in the District of Minnesota in indictments or criminal complaints that have been unsealed and...
  • Feds to Announce Major Step in MN Case ('Missing' Somalis)

    11/23/2009 12:37:02 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies · 809+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11/23/09 | Mike Levine
    Federal authorities are expected to announce charges against eight more people today in a long-running investigation into how perhaps dozens of young men from the Minneapolis area were recruited to join an Al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia. It will be the most significant and public move to date in the case. Charges against the eight people will be announced at a joint FBI-U.S. Attorney's Office press conference in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon, a source said. Some, if not all, of the individuals will be charged with providing material support to terrorists, the source said. Many of those charged have already...
  • FBI probe biggest plot since 9/11

    11/19/2009 9:39:39 AM PST · by AuntB · 60 replies · 2,553+ views
    BBC ^ | Nov. 18, 2009 | Sima Kotecha
    The FBI is worried a group linked to al-Qaeda is training up a new generation of terrorists. They're thought to be targeting young Somali immigrants, radicalising them to carry out attacks on their home country and possibly the US in the future. The grey high rise flats in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis, are clustered together and are home to hundreds of Somali immigrants. It's not clear why teenagers like these are giving up their comfortable lives in America and returning to their war torn homeland. But over the past three years, authorities believe 20 young Somali men have gone back to fight...
  • Rash Of Armed Robberies Hits Minneapolis (Global Warming)

    11/13/2009 7:12:46 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies · 630+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 11/12/09 | Caroline Lowe
    Chong Vang and her husband Chao Lor were on their way home after leaving a Laundromat at 41st and Lyndale Avenue North in Minneapolis early Monday evening when they were confronted by two robbers, one armed with a gun. "The one that came first came to my side of the door and the other pointed a gun at my husband," Vang said. The man with the gun took Vang's husband into an alley nearby. "When the guy pointed a gun at me all I had on my mind was just like take anything you want. Don't do anything to me...
  • CTR Vantage: Al Shabaab's Recruiting Efforts in the West

    11/05/2009 1:09:20 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 704+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org ^ | November 4, 2009 09:16 PM | By Madeleine Gruen
    SNIPPET: "The third article, titled "Al-Shabaab Recruiting in the West," takes a comprehensive look at what we know about the group's efforts to recruit fighters in the United States, and in other Western countries. The final article concerns the efficacy of the Somali president's recent diplomatic efforts in Minneapolis, Columbus, OH, and Chicago."
  • Mpls. Police Seek Teens Who Attacked 3 Men

    10/30/2009 11:30:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies · 958+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 10/30/09 | Liz Collin
    Minneapolis police are looking for a group of teenagers who attacked at least three men. The attacks happened just minutes apart in south Minneapolis early Thursday morning. One man trying to break up a fight became a victim himself, right in front of his young son. It was about 6:30 Thursday morning when Dr. Mani Mokalla was walking his 6-year-old son to the bus stop. He stumbled on a man being beaten up right on the sidewalk. "I basically inquired, 'What's going on, what are you guys doing?' And they said for me to mind my own business, and I...
  • Minneapolis tries ranked-choice voting (IOW - Instant Runoff Voting)

    10/26/2009 7:10:12 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 17 replies · 493+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 10/26/09 | Steve Brandt/Mary Lynn Smith - Staff Reporters
    What's different about voting in Minneapolis this year? You get to rank three candidates in each election contest. That's ranked-choice voting, the system the city is launching for municipal races. So in the 11-person mayor's race, you may rank one candidate as your first choice, another as your second, and a third as your final choice. "It's a lot less confusing than it sounds once somebody explains it," Nancy Harrington, who rarely misses an election, said at an informational workshop at Webber Neighborhood Center last week. But there are some pitfalls to avoid. Think of the grid of candidates and...
  • Minneapolis church votes to leave ELCA over gay clergy

    09/30/2009 6:15:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 1,836+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 9/30/9 | Cathy Mayfield & Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio
    St. Paul, Minn. — Members of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis decided to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America after a 96 percent vote by members on Sunday. The decision to leave came after the ELCA Church-wide Assembly vote on Aug. 21 in Minneapolis, that allowed gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy. Before the ECLA's decision, gay clergy were allowed to be ministers only if they were celibate. Some church members object to the new policy, saying it goes against Scripture. The St. Paul's congregation's council set a policy in October 1990 that...
  • Barack Obama's Minneapolis Rally

    09/15/2009 8:32:31 PM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 4 replies · 596+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | September 15, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    One of few dissidents in the crowd, Fightin Words's Walter Hudson attended President Obama's September 12th rally for health care reform at the Minneapolis Target Center. Impressions from the event and a breakdown of the president's arguments in this week's podcast.
  • No Seat Left Behind

    09/13/2009 4:23:36 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 2 replies · 473+ views
    Rightnation.us ^ | September 13, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    It occurred to me, as I waited longer inside the venue to get a seat than I had waited outside to get in, this entire experience stood as a perfect metaphor representing the very health care system Obama was there to promote. Here was an event open to the public, free of charge, which attracted enormous demand and provided seemingly inexplicable barriers to access which did not serve the interest of those attending. Presumably, during any other event, patrons of the Target Center would be free to roam the arena and corridors as they saw fit, take their seats at...
  • WAS GOD IN THE WHIRLWIND?

    08/27/2009 10:53:08 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 21 replies · 1,237+ views
    Olive Tree Ministries - E-mail Magazine | By Jan Markell
    My home state of Minnesota has lots of lakes, bitter cold, and Lutherans. Over 150 years ago, Scandinavians targeted this state and its climate, perhaps because it resembled their homeland. Ironically, the fathers and grandfathers of today's Lutherans left Sweden back then because they saw corruption and bad doctrine within Lutheranism in Scandinavia. But these Lutheran immigrants built Bible-believing churches for future generations. No doubt they would be crushed at such a culmination of apostasy in recent years. Wednesday, August 19, was an average day. It was cool with not enough humidity to stir up a storm. No unusual weather...